Tobs drop lightning-shortened game to Marlins

Updated July 15 2017

The Tobs traveled to Morehead City looking to snap a three-game losing skid and pick up a win going into Sunday’s scheduled off day. Unfortunately for the Tobs, the weather did not cooperate, and an early deficit turned into a lightning-shortened defeat, as the Marlins won the game 7-3.

Morehead City opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) took a Brett Morrison (Lock Haven) fastball over the right-field wall to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead after one inning.

In the bottom of the third, the lead was extended to 3-0. With runners on first and third, Corley singled up the middle, scoring Alec Wilson (Stanford). The next batter Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Sammy Miller (Longwood).

The Tobs got on the board in the top of the fourth when Zack Smith (UNC Charlotte) hit an RBI groundout that scored Carson McCurdy (Mount Olive), making the score 3-1 going to the bottom half.

The Marlins plated two more in the top of the fourth. First, Daulton Weeks (USC-Aiken) hit an RBI double off the right-center field wall that scored Steven Taylor (Mercer) from first base. Two batters later, Alec Wilson hit an RBI single that scored Weeks.

In the top of the fifth, the Tobs responded with power. Off of Marlins reliever Will Matthiessen (Stanford), the Tobs’ Shane Shepard (NC State) launched a two-run home run to left-center, which also scored Brady Lloyd (ECU). Shepard’s fifth home run of the season made it a 5-3 ballgame heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.

With Hank Simpson (UNC Pembroke) in in relief of Brett Morrison, Morehead City designated hitter Randy Perez (Central Methodist) hit a two-run hoome run to left to make it a 7-3 ballgame. Neither team would score for the remainder of the contest.

With the Tobs preparing to hit in the top of the seventh, umpires Kai Nakamura and David Mayberry stopped play due to lightning strikes outside the ballpark and the game entered a 30-minute lightning delay per league rules. Around 25 minutes into the delay, more lightning was seen and the game was called.

Brett Morrison was handed the loss on the mound for the Tobs, falling back to 0-1 on the season. the Lock Haven product went four-plus innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits. Morrison did not walk a batter and struck out one.

The Tobs are off on Sunday, and will return to action Monday with a trip to Ting Stadium to take on the Holly Springs Salamanders. First pitch is set for 7pm.

The Wilson Tobs enter their 21st season as an original member within the Coastal Plain League for the 2017 summer. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate and more exciting entertainment for the Wilson Community. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Sponsors Partners and the Dedicated Fans throughout the city of Wilson. The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young & MVP winner Justin Verlander. For more information on the Wilson Tobs, visit our website

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- Will Hibbard